10 Low or No Cost Outdoor Family Activities for the Spring and Summer (that AREN'T going to the Beach!)
Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. My participation in this program comes at no added cost to you, and commissions earned help support my small business. You can learn more about this program here.
When the weather starts getting nice, my family loves spending as much time outside as possible. We are outside on days we work from home (I am writing this from a lounge chair on my deck!), we play outside, eat outside, and generally find every excuse possible to be outdoors. But every parent has had the experience of their child feeling bored with outdoor free play. Here are 10 ideas that are low or no cost, and perfect for keeping the entire family entertained outside throughout the warmer months!
2. Water Play
3. Messy Art Activities
4. Take a Nature Walk
If you happen to live in or around Westchester, I also strongly encourage you to check out Lasdon Park's Dinosaur walk!!! It is an amazing resource available FOR FREE!!! The trail isn't particularly long by adult standards, but it is perfect for little feet. Along the way take time to learn about the different dinosaurs, their environment, and more. The trail also offers a virtual reality experience and stations where you can scan signs to learn more!
6. Outdoor Movie Nights
7. Get Dirty!!
Mud kitchens, dirt play, sand boxes, and mud pies are all great ways to have fun getting dirty! While many parents cringe at the idea (admittedly, I am included in that), kids love it. Warm spring and summer days are perfect for getting dirty, because you can do it in a swim suit. Just spray off with a hose when done!
8. Backyard Camping
Grab a tent, a sleeping bag, and a flashlight; then head outdoors! You don’t have to sleep outside to experience the fun of camping! Get comfy, light a fire in your fire pit if you have one, and roast some marshmallows. When it is time for bed, you can always head inside, but not before taking a long gaze at the night sky! There are some great apps out there that help you discover stars, planets, and constellations.
9. Go for a Bike Ride
Even small children can partake in family bike rides with a balance bike (which is obviously a lot slower than a regular bike, but a great tool for helping kids get ready to use a big kid bike!) or wagon attachment. Biking is great exercise, and allows you to get out and explore faster than using your own feet. My community has some excellent cycling trails, or just take a ride around your neighborhood.
10. Obstacle Course
Want even more ideas? I update my Instagram stories regularly with new activities I am doing with my preschooler, or things we are doing as an entire family. You can also find great ideas from around the web on my Pinterest account!
What are some of your family’s favorite outdoor activities for the spring and summer? Comment below and let me know!
Be sure to share this with other parents looking for creative ideas to stay busy outside this spring and summer!
I don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been a difficult year. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are just as ready to end the unpredictable chaos and monotony of social distancing as I am. I also won’t pretend we are all in the same boat in this storm. While my boat has been turbulent, we aren’t taking on water. I know many have not been so lucky.
So this holiday, I've made the decision to recenter, and focus on the gratitude and joy, instead of self pity.
I should offer the disclaimer that I wrote this piece from where I have existed during this challenging year, and I acknowledge that is a place of privilege. I know it is not everyone's story, and while I hope this will not happen, some may even feel I am out of touch. I also live in a community of immense privilege, and for those of us for whom the year has been shaky but not catastrophic, I think a healthy dose of reality and gratitude is exactly what we need this holiday season. That is why I wrote this piece. If your year has been like mine, one of discomfort and inconvenience, but not tragedy, I hope you will join me in being grateful this holiday season.
You can read my entire post for Westchester County Mom here.
You can also find inspiration for new holiday traditions to help make this challenging holiday more special here.
Or, check out my entire Christmas Guide for great crafts, activities, printables, gift guides, and more!
If this spoke to you, be sure to share the mindfulness!
This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for being included in this amazing web series episode by Food Allergy Research and Education. Check out the entire video below!
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. You can learn more about my participation in this program here. All commissions earned help support this blog!
You got my holiday gifts for her last week, and now, I've got all the hottest gifts for him! Based on my husband's favorite purchases (and all highly rated products on Amazon) here are the gifts the guys on your list will love this holiday! And be sure to keep an eye on my Holiday 2020 Gift Guide for great gift ideas for the entire family! Coming soon: Great Deals on Gifts, Great Gifts for Book Lovers, The Best of Amazon Gifts, and more!
Everyday Waterproof Boots
My Pick: Rockport Men's Rugged Bucks Waterproof Boot
My husband's favorite pair of casual boots are these fantastic Rockports! They are just stylish enough to pair with somewhat nicer clothing (not that we are really going out right now), while casual enough to wear every day. He also says they are super comfortable! And with 4.5 stars and well over 1K reviews, I'm confident these boots will be perfect for the man in your life, too!
A Funny Graphic Tee
My Pick: Now I Am Unstoppable Funny T-Rex T-Shirt
If your husband loves funny graphic tees as much as mine, he is sure to love this one! My husband was quite excited to find this one, and while I don't quite understand his enthusiasm for silly tees, I do love seeing him happy!
For the Lawn Enthusiast
My Pick: Remington RM25C 25cc 2-Cycle 16-Inch Curved Shaft Gas String Trimmer, Orange
We normally do our shopping at the local hardware store for things like this, but when our last weed wacker broke after just a year, my husband went searching for a better one. He has been very happy with this gas powered Reminington, and is enthusiastically sharing about how well it works to any neighbor who will listen. If the guy in your life takes as much pride in his lawn as my husband does in ours, this gift is a must have!
For the Football Enthusiast Who Loves His Vehicle
My Pick: FANMATS NFL Unisex-Adult NFL Truck Emblem, 2-Pack
My husband got a new truck this year, and as a football fan, wanted to show pride in his team. These vehicle emblems are easy to apply and look great! Fear not, Patriots haters; they come in a variety of other team versions, too! If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer for the sports fan in your life, look no further!
For the Gadget and Beer Lover
My Picks: Xthel Titanium Keychain Beer Bottle Opener with Stainless Steel Key Rings and ALBATROSS 6-in-1 Modern Damascus Steel Folding Pocket Knife
As a restauranteur, my husband is constantly in need of a bottle opener on the go (it is all about customer service!). He is also that guy who has a million gadgets on his key ring or in his pocket. He is loving this key ring, and with 4.5 stars and over 600 reviews, your guy will, too. If your guy isn't into beer, what about the perfect pocket knife? My husband has found a million uses for his, and with the bright LED light, he has stopped buying tons of mini flashlights! These also make perfect stocking stuffers!
For Your Favorite Fisherman
My Picks: Okuma Classic Pro GLT & Rods, OKUMA FISHING TACKLE ABF55b Avenger ABF B Series Baitfeeder Reels, and Berkley Trilene Big Game Monofilament Fishing Line
My husband took his first salmon fishing trip this year, and needed a suitable rod (his rods are for surf/ocean/shore fishing, and not for salmon fishing... whatever that means!). If the guy in your life goes salmon fishing, or fishes for larger fish fly fishing style, check out these highly rated recommendations! The fishing line is even an Amazon #1 Best Seller! My husband had a lot of great things to say about these products, so they are bound to impress!
For the Busy Coffee Fan
My Pick: YETI Rambler 30 oz Tumbler, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with MagSlider Lid
If your family is like mine, you are always on the go, and always fueling up with a hot beverage. If that is the case, you can't do better than a YETI tumbler! My husband uses his to make coffee before work almost daily (yes, he is going to work in person; yes, his industry is deemed "essential" in our area). This cup is HUGE, and super sturdy. And, if your guy loves being outdoors, YETI is the go to brand for all things high quality active lifestyle!
For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Anything YETI!
There is a reason people love YETI. Their products are high quality and durable, plus well designed for your active lifestyle. Their products are on my family's Christmas list regularly. From camping, to sailing, to hiking, and more, YETI has you covered! You can check out their entire holiday guide HERE.
When He is Insisting on Investing in a Fish Tank
My Pick: BioCube LED Tanks and Combo Kits
My husband has had a number of fish tanks over the years. I hate them with a passion, and celebrated when he got rid of his last one. They are hard to maintain, have a ton of pieces, and we even had on spring a leak on us. Ugh. So when he wanted to get another fish tank, I was hesitant. But he sold me on this one! The Biocube tank is self contained, unlike traditional tanks, and easier to maintain. The lighting system is also pretty impressive! If you are looking for a compromise like we were, this tank is it! I don't hate it (like our old tanks), and it makes my husband really, really happy. Score!
And Finally, for the Hard Worker Who Deserves to Relax
My Pick:The Perfect Hammock
I won't lie.... my husband and I both love this one! We got ours this spring, and my husband relaxes in it nearly every day (no matter how cold outside). It is sturdy, comfortable, and massive. The perfect gift to tell the guy in your life you appreciate all his hard work, and that he deserves some time to relax.
What would you add to this list? Comment below to share!
And if you love this, be sure to Pin it!
May 2020 (Prior to 5/31)
Find more recipes, product recommendations, activities, and more!
View my author page for Westchester County Mom here.
Disclaimer: Content on this website is meant for informational and educational purposes. Nothing found on The Mindfully Scientific Mama constitutes medical or psychological advice. Always consult a profession in the respect field for advice specific to your situation. Read more about this site's terms and conditions here.